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Chef Eli Kulp, co-owner of High Street on Market and Fork.

February 17, 2016

Eli Kulp, Tired Hands, Zahav and more longlisted for 2016 James Beard Awards

Philadelphia well represented among semifinalists

The James Beard Foundation has announced the semifinalists for its 2016 Restaurant and Chef Awards, and some South Jersey and Philly favorites have made the cut. Many consider the JBF awards to be the Oscars of the food scene, so for so many local establishments to be longlisted for them is just another jewel in Philly's culinary crown. 

The short list of nominees (as well as the nominees for the JBF's Book, Journalism, Broadcast Media, and Restaurant Design Awards) will be announced Tuesday, March 15. Winners will be announced at the James Beard Awards Gala Monday, May 2.

Local semifinalists include:

Outstanding Baker
Andre Chin and Amanda Eap, Artisan Boulanger Patissier

Outstanding Bar Program
The Olde Bar
Tired Hands Fermentaria

Outstanding Chef
Michael Solomonov, Zahav
Marc Vetri, Vetri

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Kate Jacoby, Vedge

Outstanding Restaurant
Fork

Outstanding Restaurateur
Stephen Starr, Starr Restaurants

Outstanding Service
 Zahav

Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional 
Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Rising Star of the Year
Alex Bois, High Street on Market

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
Scott Anderson, Elements
Joey Baldino, Zeppoli
Joe Cicala, Le Virtù
Eli Kulp, Fork
Rich Landau, Vedge
Konstantinos Pitsillides, Kanella South
Greg Vernick, Vernick Food & Drink

View the complete list of James Beard Foundation 2016 Restaurant and Chef Awards semifinalists here.